During his speech at the Republican National Convention last night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) peeked out from behind the tissue-paper facade obscuring his refusal to hold hearings on the President's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.

On that sad day when we lost Justice Scalia, I made another pledge that Obama would not fill his seat. That honor will go to Donald Trump next year.

Which reminded me: Today is the 126th day since the President nominated Merrick Garland on March 16th, 2016, to fill the seat vacated by Antonin Scalia's death. There have been zero Senate hearings since. This breaks the record for longest span of time between Presidential nomination and either approval or dismissal, previously belonging to President Woodrow Wilson's nomination of Louis Brandeis, which ended at 125 days.

From Wikipedia:

His nomination was bitterly contested, partly because, as Justice William O. Douglas wrote, "Brandeis was a militant crusader for social justice whoever his opponent might be. He was dangerous not only because of his brilliance, his arithmetic, his courage. He was dangerous because he was incorruptible. . . [and] the fears of the Establishment were greater because Brandeis was the first Jew to be named to the Court." On June 1, 1916 he was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 47 to 22, to become one of the most famous and influential figures ever to serve on the high court. His opinions were, according to legal scholars, some of the "greatest defenses" of freedom of speech and the right to privacy ever written by a member of the Supreme Court.

To reiterate: In 1916, a period in American history not particularly known for its cultural enlightenment, the Senate spent the better part of 125 days arguing about—and ultimately admitting to the Supreme Court—a Jewish Social Justice Warrior.

100 years later, our Senate has yet to hold a single hearing on Garland.

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